9 Natural All-Purpose Cleaners Every Home Should Have

Store bought cleaners are filled with harmful chemicals that over time can cause health issues, including long term bronchial issues, and  even cancer. Rather than taking the chance of developing long term health issues, I’d rather use more gentle cleaners.

There are many inexpensive, easy-to-use natural alternatives that can safely be used in place of commercial household products. Here is a list of common, environmentally safe products which can be used alone or in combination for a wealth of household applications.

For a recipes of natural household cleaners, read more here.


9 All-Purpose Cleaners for the Home

  1.  Baking Soda – cleans, deodorizes, softens water, scours.
  2. Soap – unscented soap in liquid form, flakes, powders or bars is biodegradable and will clean just about anything. Avoid using soaps which contain petroleum distillates.
  3. Lemon – one of the strongest food-acids, effective against most household bacteria.
  4. Borax – (sodium borate) cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water, cleans wallpaper, painted walls and floors.
  5. Distilled White Vinegar – cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and wax build-up.
  6. Washing Soda – or SAL Soda is sodium carbonate decahydrate, a mineral. Washing soda cuts grease, removes stains, softens water, cleans wall, tiles, sinks and tubs. Use care, as washing soda can irritate mucous membranes. Do not use on aluminum.
  7. Isopropyl Alcohol – is an excellent disinfectant. (It has been suggested to replace this with ethanol or 100 proof alcohol in solution with water. There is some indication that isopropyl alcohol buildup contributes to illness in the body.)
  8. Essential Oils – essential oils such as tea tree oil, peppermint oil, citrus oils or lavender oil can kill bacteria and mold. They’re very strong, so don’t go overboard.
  9. Liquid Castile Soap – This plant-based soap loosens grime naturally. It can be used to clean bodies, homes, floors, counter tops, or stains on carpets and rugs.

The Prepper's Blueprint

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

Visit her web site at ReadyNutrition.com for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

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Originally published January 27th, 2014
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